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At the beginning of the month, we eloped in beautiful Ouray, Colorado. On October 4th, to be exact, because I think I'm hilarious and it's 10-4 (fitting for his law enforcement career AND it's an affirmative answer, like, ya'know, "I do").
We travelled all over Colorado last year and we fell in love with the city of Ouray, a small town established by gold miners in the late 1800s. We only spent about half a day in this stunning town dubbed the "Switzerland of America" (we didn't know what we'd be missing) due to a reservation in another city hours away. So when we decided to elope, we both remembered Ouray. After looking into getting married in Colorado (we live in Texas), we learned how simple the self-solemnizing process is in Colorado and decided to make it happen.
We flew into Denver and picked up a bouquet I had called into Amore Fiori. Michelle, the shop's owner, did a stunning corset wrap on the stems. She had packed my bundle of roses in a vase with a bit of water and a travel box so they'd still be fresh for our little intimate vow exchange the next day. I chose roses in tones similar to rose gold, to match my wedding set.
We drove down to Ouray just in time to go to bed. We stayed in a cabin owned by the Wiesbaden Lodgings. The little home was tiny and really could have used wifi since we had no signal or data in town on our phones, but it worked out for the few days we were there.
We exchanged vows we had written the following afternoon (perfect lighting for photos!) in the Uncompahgre National Forest near the Amphitheater Campground.
Our Rose Gold Elopement
As mentioned, my rings are both rose gold; his is a walnut wood and titanium band. We both love adventuring into the mountains and forests, and his wooden band reflects him well. My engagement ring's center stone is a moissanite stone because I wanted a conflict-free ring. This gemstone is nearly as hard as a diamond, is sparklier than a diamond, far less expensive, and so insanely gorgeous.
I took some rose gold and baby's breath inspiration with me to my hair and makeup appointment with Jackson of Salon Envy. She did an awesome job of making me into a beautiful bride (and even helped me into my dress!).
Jayna, our super fantastic photographer, did an amazing job of capturing the moment and letting us take some silly (and not-so-silly) photos.
The two of us both felt pretty awkward at first about being photographed while exchanging our personal vows, but Jayna really is so great and easy to be around. We're both so glad she was such a breeze to work with!